Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. 3D Printing Case Study


3D Printing's Versatility Paves the Way for Medical Advancements by Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.

Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., based in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a medical device company focused on developing and commercializing innovative solutions for treating peripheral and coronary artery disease (PAD and CAD). The company’s Orbital Atherectomy Systems treat calcified plaque in arterial vessels throughout the leg and heart in a few minutes of treatment time, and address many of the limitations associated with existing surgical, catheter and pharmacological treatment alternatives. To help fight the battle against CAD and PAD, CSI works continuously to advance their devices and develop new innovations. Work that relies greatly on a wide scope of 3D printing applications.

Peripheral model 3D printed using PolyJet technology utilizing three different materials.

“We take angiographic images and use 3D modeling to recreate the complex anatomy of different coronary vessels, 3D print a realistic model and stress test different situations to see where we can improve our device.”

Nick Ellering, Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.